After four years of living overseas, I’ve gotta say, we’ve become pros at the whole “Americans- need-Thanksgiving-even-in-foreign-countries” thing.
So if you suddenly find yourself living overseas and don’t know what to do for Thanksgiving, have no fear, I’ve got you covered.
Find an international hotel/restaurant near the area you live in. Call them and book a reservation for your turkey dinner. Also, do it as soon as possible because let’s be real, everyone loves their turkey dinner.
Prepare yourself for your amazing feast multiple days in advance. Pull out your stretchy pants, eat each of the Thanksgiving food items you can until the day of, and then say a prayer as you head to dinner that you’ll do yourself justice.
Eat all the delicious food and immediately begin planning for the next year. Get all sorted out and excited about it and then…
WAIT, there’s an issue and the freakin’ hotel you normally go to for Thanksgiving dinner has decided to keep all their turkey for themselves.
Begin a last second search for an alternative place to eat. Find out that the American Book Center in Amsterdam is a life saver and they areeeee serving Thanksgiving dinner.
Go to dinner, dance to Old McDonald with your little one, eat mashed potatoes and baked brie until you can’t move, and become incredible friends with the people sitting next to you. Spend the next year enjoying multiple more dinners and hilarious laughs with said new friends and find yourself planning another Thanksgiving feast with them, because hello, friendship anniversaries are important.
Leave dinner with the most full heart. And then, as usual, begin planning the next Thanksgiving as soon as possible.
I know this post is beyond late, but I hope you all had the most wonderful long weekend of sitting with your families, eating yummy food, and letting your heart soak in all the love and gratitude.